Interest in organic store stock brought a strong crowd to Brecon market,
Powys last week for the inaugural sale supported by the Soil Association,
Welsh Development Agency and sponsors.
Ready for the off….just short of 500 sheep were penned on the day; not a bad start.
Limousin cross bullocks from Jonathan Williams, Cefn Llech, Rhayader topped the trade for the 38 head forwarded levelling at £1.59/kg liveweight. "Thats about £675 for the heavier end; £475 would be acceptable at the present time for similar conventional cattle," remarks McCartneys Percy Haines. Left: Sign of the times…but auctioneers are unsure when the next dedicated sale will be held.
Sheep were a tougher trade with many being in conversion. Speckled-faced breeding ewes sold to £30 each; lambs between £25-26.50/head. "Prospective buyers have been put off by the difficulties of keeping stock together up to their transfer dates. Cattle are simpler to manage in that respect with the help of passports," adds Mr Haines (right).
Philip Morgan of Livestock Marketing – which helped organise the sale – presents the champions prize to David Williams (left) whose family farm at Cefn Llech, Rhayader.
(L to R) Organic farmers Roy Jones of Prestigne, Jonathan Williams of Rhayader and Paul Matthews of Sennybridge, deep in conversation on the days sheep trade.
Buyers line up at the sheep sale, but many lots eventually went home unsold.
Cattle are led to be penned. Like conventional stock, quality remains a redeeming feature of where prices will be pitched at such sales, say auctioneers.